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Solon Economist

Volunteer to help restore Lake Macbride stone steps July 29

SOLON– Lake Macbride State Park will host a volunteer event on Wednesday, July 29, from 5-9 p.m. The project will involve repairing and clearing brush from the stone steps that lead to the Lake Macbride dam. Those interested in donating their time should meet at the Lake Macbride Fisheries parking lot at 5 p.m. Participants should bring work clothes, gloves and insect repellant. For more information on volunteering, contact AmeriCorps interpretive naturalist Nate Steele at the Lake Macbride Park Office, 319-624-2200.

Solon Football Club, Legion give veterans trip of a lifetime

By Lori Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– A week-long salute to veterans held by the Spartan Football Club turned into an unforgettable trip for four of Solon’s former service men.
Last fall, parents of varsity football players organized a Salute to the Armed Forces night to be held during the team’s September home game against Marion. In addition to players wearing red, white and blue socks and flag stickers on their helmets, the game was dedicated to Solon alumni who had served in any branch of the military; those present were recognized during halftime.

2015 Spartan Youth Football Camp

SOLON– All students entering grades 2-8 interested in football are encouraged to attend the Solon Youth Football Camp Aug. 3-6. Cost of the program is $50. Grades 2-5 will attend 9-10:30 a.m. and grades 6-8 will attend from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Campers can expect to learn and apply fundamental skills applicable to football. In addition, campers will play lead up games and compete in various competitions.
Coaches will spend a great deal of time teaching fundamental techniques essential to player development.

Council approves land purchase for ground storage water reservoir

Site near SRNA will be home to 400,000 gallons of water

SOLON– The City of Solon is close to acquiring the land it needs for more water storage.
At a July 1 meeting, members of the Solon City Council approved a purchase agreement with St. Mary Catholic Church for 0.6 acres of land adjacent to the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) at a price of $25,000. The cost includes a permanent easement for another 0.6 acres of ground owned by the church.
The land will serve as the site of a 400,000-gallon ground storage reservoir (GSR), which the city expects to build in the spring of 2016.

The barber is back!

Connie Semotan returns to Shueyville after 10 years

SHUEYVILLE– When Connie Semotan reopened her Shueyville barber shop in March, a lot of her clients were walk-ins, and many would tell her stories about a great gal that used to cut hair at that very same location years ago.
When she heard these stories, Semotan would smile and laugh as her customers would slowly realize that that same great gal was standing right in front of them.
“I get all kinds of people who just come in and ask, ‘are you my Connie?’” Semotan said. “The response has just been so fun.”

Shueyville comprehensive plan town meeting Tuesday, July 28

SHUEYVILLE– The City of Shueyville is in the process of updating its comprehensive plan to develop a guide for future growth and development. Others’ opinions are an important part of updating this plan. There is a town meeting scheduled on Tuesday, July 28, at 7 p.m. in the Shueyville City Council Chamber to discuss ideas for the future. Since family and work commitments can make it difficult for some to participate in the process, a survey has been mailed out to ask questions about residents’ vision for the town.

Sandhill cranes spotted near Solon

SOLON– Seeing is believing.
Add Johnson County to the areas in Iowa with uncommon reports of sandhill crane reproduction. An adult pair has seen regularly on a wetland near Solon. A couple times this spring and summer, drivers braked to avoid windshield roadkill and allow the lean, reddish brown bird the right of way across the two-lane highway.
About that time, passersby witnessed a ‘courtship dance,’ indicating these 4-foot tall birds were intent on sticking around. Now, a darker brown colt, feeding with them, seals the deal.

Return to State for Solon

No. 1 Lady Spartans defeat Williamsburg, Mid-Prairie and PCM on way to date at state

SOLON– It’s back to Fort Dodge for the Solon varsity softball team.
The Lady Spartans advanced to the state softball tournament Monday evening with a 5-1 win over unranked PCM (Prairie City-Monroe) in Grinnell.
A year ago, the Lady Spartans fell one game shy in the Class 4A tournament, losing 5-0 in the title game to Dallas Center Grimes.
This year, Solon heads to the Harlan & Hazel Rogers Sports Complex north of Fort Dodge to compete in the Class 3A bracket.

Solon hosts Marion in regional semifinal Friday

Spartans sweep doubleheaders from W. Dubuque and Maquoketa

SOLON– Solon baseball coach Keith McSweeney is hoping some home cooking will help move the Spartans through the first round of the Class 3A baseball playoffs Friday.
“I believe we are playing our best baseball right now, but we’re really banged up,” McSweeney said. “We’ve had guys step up to fill the void left by injuries, and we will need those key contributions if we hope to advance against a good Marion team this Friday.”
The Spartans host Marion in a Class 3A semifinal beginning at 7 p.m. Solon also hosts the regional final Monday, July 20, at 7 p.m.

City, developer discuss affordable housing options

Council still not sold on 60-foot lots

SOLON– Maybe later.
The members of the Solon City Council aren’t opposed to the idea of allowing reduced-width lots in single-family residential areas, but they want to wait until the city’s comprehensive plan is updated before moving forward.
That message was relayed to developer Corey Hodapp at a July 1 council meeting when the subject of a possible R1(B) zoning district was again discussed.

From these farms to your table

Johnson County Farm Bureau showcases agriculture at Ag Fest

IOWA CITY — The theme for the Johnson County Farm Bureau’s 2015 Agriculture Fest was “From our Farm to your Table: Eat Healthy, Live Healthy.”
Kathy Swenka, the local Farm Bureau coordinator for Ag in the Classroom said the event was in its 21st year, and an ideal event for families to have fun while learning about the vital role agriculture plays in their day-to-day lives.

UI’s Science Café brings scientific discussion to Iowa communities

SOLON– How about adding a few scientific facts to your meal tonight?
That’s exactly what the Science Café Series, a University of Iowa created program, aims to do as it brings scientific discussion to restaurants and bars across small towns in Iowa.
The series, which started in October of 2013, covers a different topic each session and brings experts from all scientific fields to engage in discussion with community members. These events are free and open to any who wish to attend.